Preview: Wisconsin vs. No.24 Michigan

After a non-conference season devoid of a signature win, Wisconsin enters the Big Ten conference season with a chip on its shoulder, looking to defend its regular season title against Michigan in the same arena where the journey began last year.

Wisconsin (9-3, 0-0) vs. No.24 Michigan (10-2, 0-0)

Date/Time - Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 1:00 p.m. Central

Arena – Crisler Arena (13,751)

Television - ESPN (Eric Collins and Stephen Bardo)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Michigan Leads 86-61

Last Meeting - UW won, 51-34, on March 14, 2008 in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.1 ppg - scored only eight points against Texas)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.6 ppg - scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists vs. Texas)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 11.1 ppg - scored double figures in eight of 12 games)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 7.8 ppg - has scored in double figures just twice this season)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 5.1 ppg - averaging 20 minutes per game over last five games)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard , 0.8 ppg - scoreless in last four games)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 4.2 ppg - career 52.5 percent shooter)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.8 ppg - leads Big Ten in scoring among non starters)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 2.2 ppg - scoreless in three of last four games)

Michigan Probable Starters

1 Stu Douglass (Freshman Guard, 5.6 ppg)

3 Manny Harris (Sophomore Guard, 19.8 ppg)

15 David Merritt (Senior Guard, 2.8 ppg)

22 Jevohn Shepherd (Senior Forward, 4.7 ppg)

34 DeShawn Sims (Junior Forward, 17.2 ppg)

Off the Bench

0 Zack Novak (Freshman Guard, 5.8 ppg)

12 Anthony Wright (Sophomore Forward, 3.6 ppg)

31 Laval Lucas-Perry (Freshman Guard, 11.3 ppg)

35 Ben Cronin (Freshman Center, 4.0 ppg)

44 Kelvin Grady (Junior Guard, 5.7 ppg)

Last Time Out

Gary Johnson banked in a jumper with 23.5 seconds left and No. 9 Texas shook free from pesky Wisconsin for a 74-69 victory Tuesday night, paying back the Badgers for beating them in Austin last season.

A.J. Abrams scored 21 points to lead the Longhorns, but Texas' rebounding made the difference, as the Longhorns outrebounded Wisconsin 40-25.

Trevon Hughes scored 18 and Jason Bohannon scored 16, but foul trouble limited leading scorer Marcus Landry to just 22 minutes. Landry finished with eight points and three rebounds. Series Notes:

This will be the 148th meeting between the two teams. Michigan leads the all-time series 53-17 in Ann Arbor, but UW had won 11 of the last 15 meetings.

UW swept the three meetings against the Wolverines last year. The two teams will meet again in Madison on March 1.

Wisconsin has opened Big Ten play against Michigan nine previous times, going 4-5 in those games, including a 70-54 win last year.

Wisconsin Notes:

Wisconsin is 5-2 in Big Ten openers under Bo Ryan and are 52-51 all time, including 27-29 on the road.

UW's top four scorers (Hughes, Landry, Bohannon and (9.8 ppg) have scored 67 percent of Wisconsin's points this season.

Wisconsin owns a 43-12 (.782) record in games following a loss under Ryan, having not loss consecutive games since back-to-back road games in February 2007.

Wisconsin is tied for the fourth-best road record in the nation over the last three seasons. UW's 18-6 (.750) mark in true road games is behind Memphis, North Carolina and Butler.

Michigan Notes:

Michigan is 59-32 all-time in Big Ten regular season openers.

Michigan remains undefeated at home with a perfect 8-0 record. The Maize and Blue, who has won its last five games, is aver- aging 78.4 points at home, while holding its opponents to 59.1 per game.

Since Bo Ryan arrived at Wisconsin (2001-02), the Badgers have lost as many games at Crisler Arena, four, as they have anywhere on the road. Wisconsin has also lost four times at Illinois and Purdue during Ryan's tenure.

Michigan's four leading scorers (Harris, Sims, Lucas-Perry and Novak) are responsible for 72 percent of the Wolverines' scoring.

Harris has started every game in his collegiate career (44 consecutive) is shooting 46.5 percent from the field to lead the league in scoring and leads the team with 5.1 assists per game.


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